Pancake Breakfast Helps Riverton Boy Battling Retinoblastoma - KOAM TV 7

Pancake Breakfast Helps Riverton Boy Battling Retinoblastoma


 A Riverton, Kansas boy's battle with eye cancer gets even tougher.

Today a pancake fundraiser was held at the Riverton community center to  help drum  up dollars to keep sending eighteen  month old Spencer to  specialized treatments in New York city.  While other kids gobbled up flapjacks,  Spencer napped.  He was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, eye cancer, when he was just six months old.  It was in his right eye only then. Chemotherapy treatment  drastically reduced the tumor behind his right eye but in May, this year,  a tumor was found behind his left eye.
The family said the community support is critical to helping them travel to get the care  Spencer needs and which has been successful so far.  

Elijah Ireland, Spencers dad said, "The tumor in his right eye is completely calcified. Thats where there did the chemotherapy.  They do a specialized type of chemotherapy in New York called intro-arterial. So they insert a catheter at the artery in the groin and trace it all the way up through the heart through the ocular artery and they put the chemotherapy into the eye."

Spencer has been going to New York about once a month which takes its toll on the family. Ireland said, "You're kid gets diagnosed with cancer at six months old, all my kids have been fairly healthy growing up, then we get hit with this.  It was a ton of bricks. It changed our entire life.
d never even been to New York city before and now we're there all the time."
The Ireland family deals with many medical issues. One of Spencer
s sisters  was hit by a car selling girl scout cookies and  was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
The pancake breakfast and silent auction  raised six hundred fifty dollars.  You can still  donate on facebook at
Eye fight for Spencer or at the  Spencer Ireland gofundme page.  


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